January 16, 2019 1 Comment HIPAA, everyone’s favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. Well, that moment has arrived (maybe). There’s an RFI out right now, published as part of the federales’ “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” announced by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in mid-2018. (Remember, this is the federal government, so getting almost halfway through the throat-clearing phase of fleshing out an idea in about six months or so really is a sprint.) Hey, coordinated care is a good idea. We can all agree on that. The first RFI to issue was the one seeking input on the regulations implementing the Stark law and the federal anti-kickback statute (See: Stark and AKS RFI and public comments). The HIPAA RFI came next. (Comments are due February 12, 2019.) The final piece of this trifecta is the privacy rule applicable to substance abuse service … [Read more...] about How would you like to change HIPAA?
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Office for Civil Rights Director announces intention to use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable The next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.”— Roger Severino Director, Office for Civil RightsSANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began auditing healthcare providers and business associates to determine overall compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security laws. At a recent HIPAA security conference, OCR Director Roger Severino announced that the next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable. Enforcement for noncompliant offenders may include subpoenas, legal action, reimbursements to victims, penalties, and more. … [Read more...] about OCR Announces Next Round of HIPAA Audits Will Focus on Enforcements
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... WASHINGTON — The nation’s second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, officials said Monday. The personal information of nearly 79 million people — including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and medical IDs — was exposed in the cyberattack, discovered by the company in 2015. The settlement between Anthem Inc. and the Department of Health and Human Services represents the largest amount collected by the agency in a health care data breach, officials said. ADVERTISEMENTSkip “When you have large breaches it erodes people’s confidence in the privacy of their sensitive information, and we believe such a large breach … [Read more...] about Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach
The partnership will allow PECAA members access to Abyde’s educational HIPAA webinars as well as exclusive discounts for Abyde’s best-in-class HIPAA solution. Our partnership with Abyde provides Members a way to address the necessity of being HIPAA compliant in an efficient and effective manner”— PECAA Member Business Advisor and Billing & Coding Expert, Teri ThurstonTAMPA, FL, UNITED STATES, July 24, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Abyde, the leading HIPAA compliance management software for medical practices, and PECAA, a nationwide Doctor Alliance Group for Independent Doctors, announced today a partnership committed to simplifying HIPAA difficulties for PECAA members. “Tackling HIPAA Compliance without outside help can be complicated and seem overwhelming. Our partnership with Abyde provides Members a way to address the necessity of being HIPAA compliant in an efficient and effective manner,” says PECAA Member Business Advisor and Billing & … [Read more...] about Abyde and PECAA Sign Partnership Agreement
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